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Ferry County Fair Carousel

Ride a country fair merry-go-round at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and experience the golden age of carousels….

In 1958 a group of local ranchers cosigned a $2000.00 loan to purchase a portable Country Fair style carousel, with 24 hand-carved horses, that they’d located in Tacoma, Washington. They carried it back to Republic, Washington in the back of a wheat truck, where it quickly became a favorite attraction at the annual Ferry County Fair.
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Ferry Lake

Trout fishing in a secluded and serene location.

This off-the-beaten path, but easily-accessed lake offers visitors to the Colville National Forest a tranquil location to camp, fish, and hike. With its handful of camp sites and ban on combustion engines, the lake is quiet enough to hear ducks and loons calling to each other across the lake. Read more

Fish Lake

A tiny, clear-water lake, perfect for fly fishinhg….

Slightly more than a pond and a bit less than a full-fledged lake, tree- and cattail-lined Fish Lake, Washington is set high in the hills of the Colville National Forest, just a third of a mile drive or an easy hike from the Long Lake campgrounds. Read more

Fishing Guide Map to Curlew Lake

Find out where the rainbow trout, tiger muskie, and bass fish are hiding.
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Great Hunting in Ferry County, Washington

Highway map to Ferry County, Washington

The Eastern Washington State mountains and fields of Ferry County are beautiful and rich with game. The county boasts seven game management units (GMUs), but of particular note is the Sherman 101 unit, which blankets much of the county and provides some of Washington State’s best opportunities for hunting and capturing a mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, or turkey (see Turkey Hunt Schedule).

Black bear walking through the woods. Photo by Michael Glasgo.

The Colville National Forest (including the Kettle River Range) encompasses much of the Sherman unit, and provides a well-balanced environment of open fields, meadows, riparian areas, and timbered hillsides that are attractive to wildlife and hunters alike. Happily, these lands are accessible to hunters via a network of logging and unimproved national park roads. Averaging only 3.4 residents per square mile (compared to King County’s 912 per sq. mile) hunters visiting Ferry County are less likely to find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with other hunters or area residents, and more likely to have an inviting landscape and a peaceful, open meadow all to themselves.

Camping and lodging are readily available, and several of the area’s campgrounds, RV parks, lake resorts, and inns provide hunters with special facilities, such as refrigerated game lockers.  Businesses in the town of Republic, Washington welcome hunters and are equipped to provide them with all the provisions (e.g., maps, guns and ammunition, camping gear, lodging, and food) necessary for a successful hunt.

Wild turkey walking through snow.  Republic, Washington 99166

Three flocks of wild turkeys make their home near Republic, Washington.

Young, two-point, mule deer buck walks peacefully through forest near Curlew Lake, Washington.

Ferry County Game Management Units (GMUs)

GMU # GMU Name
101 Sherman
105 Kellyhill
121 Huckleberry
133 Roosevelt
136 Harrington
204 Okanogan East
233 Pogue

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Mule deer doe poised for flight.  Curlew Lake, WA 99166

Watchful mule deer doe is poised for flight. Mule deer are plentiful in the Sherman Unit of Washington State.

Republic Ranger District

180 North Jefferson (corner of Jefferson and Tessie Avenues)
Republic, WA 99166
(509) 775-3305

Colville Forest Information

755 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7000

Republic Regional Visitors and Convention Bureau

Gateway to Adventure
600 S Clark Ave
PO Box 325
Republic, WA 99166
(509) 775-3387
E-mail: rrvcb@rcabletv.com
www.republicwa.com

Additional Resources

Historic Malo Store

An historic and charming grocery store in tiny Malo, Washington…. Read more

Kettle River

The Kettle River begins its journey to the Columbia River at Holmes Lake in British Columbia. Read more

Long Lake

Clear-water lake with shaded camp sites and a hiking trail….

Hidden high in the hills of the Colville National Forest is Long Lake, a small and often-overlooked, clear-water lake with shaded camp sites and a hiking trail. In the late spring and early summer, the lake draws local fly fishers and anglers in search of trout.

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Peggy Brixner Park “The Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole”

This public access park is located on the shores of the Kettle River, just across from the town of Curlew, Washington.  The “Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole” park has been used and enjoyed by generations of families for picnicking and swimming. Read more

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